I Just Had To Try

Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial

After months of research and great anticipation the big day finally arrived. I got to try for 7 days a temporary spinal cord stimulator in hopes of finding significant pain relief. Wires were put into my back and connected to a battery back. Then, everything was taped so much to my back that even the strongest tornado couldn’t shake it loose. I couldn’t bend, lift, twist, or reach for the next week. I was not allowed to bath or shower the entire time. My 7 year old didn’t quite understand these instructions. He said, “Daddy, I know you can’t take a bath, but at least you can go swimming.” I told him to go and ask his mom how the two of those things were quite similar.

Anyway, along with this unit came a device used to control the level of pulses sent throughout my lower boy. With just a few clicks I could feel sensations from my lower back all the way through both feet. After I got past my initial discomfort, I was able to discover the potential of this device. I received nearly 100 percent relief while I was lying down. It gave me as much as 75% relief while on my feet. It took a lot of trial and error to discover whether I would want this stimulator to be surgically implanted in days to come. Praise God, I discovered this unit could definitely help my situation.

Now, do understand this is not a cure for anything, but advanced technology that helps you to not feel extreme nerve pain. You still have to recognize your limitations, but man it’s nice to not have to cry yourself to sleep. You will still have tough days, but man its nice to get out the house a few hours without feeling like you’ve been hit by a car. This unit basically gives you back some quality of life. Instead of spending the rest of your life with a miserable level of pain.

There was only one thing I had to do to experience this relief and that was try it. After all, how else would I know if it could help me? I knew worst case scenario I would have wasted 7 days of my life trying. But, I knew that was nothing compared to spending the rest of my life having never tried to find some relief.

You know sometimes God puts opportunity in front of us. Maybe it’s a certain job, relationship, or window that could lead to brighter days. Or maybe it’s a spinal cord stimulator that could change the course of your life. Whatever the opportunity you can’t know the possibilities unless you give it a shot. Personally, I would rather die trying than to have never tried at all. Thanks to my seven days of trying I now know that better days await me. However, I would have never known if I had never tried.

“Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.  Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.” (Ephesians 5:16-17)

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